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Football | Antonio scores four to relegate Norwich

Norwich City have been relegated from the Premier League.

The Canaries, who won the Championship last season, will make an immediate return to the second tier after suffering a 4-0 defeat to West Ham at Carrow Road.

Michail Antonio scored all four goals for the Hammers, consigning Norwich to relegation with three league games remaining.

Norwich are rooted to the bottom of the table, 13 points adrift of safety.

Daniel Farke kept faith with the same team that lost 2-1 to Watford midweek, with Norwich searching for their first league win since February.

It took David Moyes' visitors just 12 minutes to breach Norwich's defence, with Antonio tapping home from close range following Issa Diop's flick from a Jarrod Bowen corner.

Antonio doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time, heading Mark Noble's free kick past Tim Krul to make it 2-0 at the interval.

The English forward completed his hat-trick early in the second half, heading a rebound into an empty net after being denied by Krul in a one-on-one.

Farke introduced Adam Idah, Todd Cantwell, Lukas Rupp and Josh Martin midway through the second half, but it was the Hammers that scored the game's fourth and final goal.

Antonio completed his haul with a close-range finish from Ryan Fredericks' pinpoint cross in the 77th minute, condemning Norwich to their seventh Premier League defeat in a row.

The win, which saw the Irons collect their first clean sheet in 15 outings, lifts West Ham six points above the drop zone.

Norwich will now turn their attention to next season in the Championship, having lost 24 of their 35 games in the top tier this season.

German Farke says another miracle was beyond his squad.

"I'm really disappointed," he said after the match.

"We wanted to beat the odds again but when the dust settles the outcome is more or less what was expected.

"When I came here we needed to develop young players and sell them to keep the club going. We were able to do this and we sold James Maddison.

"Then the second season no-one expected anything but we were able to stage a miracle.

"We won the Championship title with a special brand of football. We were not able to add a third miracle in a row against all odds."

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